The 32-year-old Iowa farmer said he was “humbled, flattered and grateful” to be selected. “My focus is gonna be to make the girls that are on the show as comfortable as possible,” he said.
One of the names in the running was race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., the runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette. Luyendyk was vocal about wanting the shot at televised love. When he wasn’t chosen, he tweeted the spoiler: “I’m not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people,”
The new season is expected to begin production next month, and will begin airing in January.